Texas woman set for execution Wednesday for starvation, torture death of girlfriend's son, 9


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HUNTSVILLE, Texas — Attorneys for a 38-year-old Texas woman are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to block her scheduled execution for the starvation and torture death a decade ago of her girlfriend's 9-year-old son.

Lisa Coleman is set for lethal injection Wednesday evening in Huntsville. She'd be the ninth convicted killer, and second woman, to be executed in Texas this year. Nationally, she'd be only the 15th woman executed since the Supreme Court in 1976 allowed the death penalty to resume. During that same time, nearly 1,400 men have been executed.

Coleman was condemned for the death of Davontae Williams, whose emaciated body was found in July 2004 in the Arlington apartment Coleman shared with his mother, Marcella Williams.

Coleman's appeal contends she improperly was convicted on a charge that included kidnapping.

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